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MrWally
03-19-2009, 09:24 PM
I heard about this a few days ago and decided I'd share it here.


Bat Hangs onto Shuttle During Liftoff (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts119/launchbat.html)


On a cool spring eve March 15th, 2009 a bat, crippled and wistful, clung to the Space Shuttle Discovery as it was thrust toward the great beyond. People assumed it would fly away when the engines fired up, but the bat (which was very much alive at the time of take off) stayed clinging on.

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Godspeed, Space Bat.

SW01
03-19-2009, 09:35 PM
Such courage indeed.

That video was hilarious! I love the way some of the news sources are going with it:

CNN:
The crew of the Discovery safely docked at the International Space Station on Tuesday. It was unclear whether its stowaway was still clinging to the shuttle.

:rofl:

Samuel Dravis
03-19-2009, 10:13 PM
The fuel tank doesn't go up to orbit; it gets jettisoned after being expended. Space-bat couldn't be clinging to the shuttle now, even if he wanted to. :(

SW01
03-19-2009, 10:24 PM
The fuel tank doesn't go up to orbit; it gets jettisoned after being expended. Space-bat couldn't be clinging to the shuttle now, even if he wanted to. :(

How disappointing...poor bat - so close... :(

MrWally
03-19-2009, 11:00 PM
The fuel tank doesn't go up to orbit; it gets jettisoned after being expended. Space-bat couldn't be clinging to the shuttle now, even if he wanted to. :(

You shatter dreams.



EDIT: Actually, correct me if I'm wrong, but my good friend Wikipedia tells me that after they are jettisoned they "re-enter" Earth's atmosphere--meaning at one point they must have left. Definitely makes it sound like they are, at least for a little while, in space.

Samuel Dravis
03-19-2009, 11:58 PM
Sure, they go into space, but just in an arc. They never reach orbit.

Boba Rhett
03-20-2009, 12:02 AM
One bat, while unsuccessful in his attempt, dared let slip the surly bonds of this world and venture to a realm no other winged mammalian had gone before. This is his story.

jebbers
03-20-2009, 09:50 AM
I had heard about this a couple days ago. He's lived a dream bigger than any of us.

BongoBob
03-20-2009, 10:02 AM
One bat, while unsuccessful in his attempt, dared let slip the surly bonds of this world and venture to a realm no other winged mammalian had gone before. This is his story.

Quoted for awesome.

LordOfTheFish
03-20-2009, 03:30 PM
It's comfortable knowing that no matter what I do it will never be as awesome as that.

IG-64
03-20-2009, 06:02 PM
Pure awesome, wrapped in a tragedy, inside an enigma.

I believe in you Space Bat.

MrWally
03-20-2009, 06:16 PM
It's comfortable knowing that no matter what I do it will never be as awesome as that.

It's comforting to know that a bat is more awesome than you could ever be?

Jeff
03-20-2009, 06:42 PM
It's probably true. :xp:

RoxStar
03-20-2009, 07:32 PM
Sure, they go into space, but just in an arc. They never reach orbit.



You shut your mouth!


;_; ruining that beautiful moment!

Bob Lion54
03-21-2009, 12:33 AM
I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away

Darth Avlectus
03-21-2009, 02:53 AM
WOW! That is soooo amazing. Un freakin' believeable...and yet here is beautiful proof it IS the truth...

Godspeed indeed!

Just imagine the resolve that would take for a human to consciously do that?!

jon_hill987
03-21-2009, 05:37 PM
That track, whilst being completely wrong for the opening titles of a sci-fi series, is perfect for that video.

RIP Spacebat.

Pho3nix
03-21-2009, 09:06 PM
I like Spacebat but I don't like this thread.

LordOfTheFish
03-21-2009, 11:22 PM
It's comforting to know that a bat is more awesome than you could ever be?

No no, I meant his actions.

MrWally
03-22-2009, 01:57 AM
Oh. I thought our actions defined who we are.

Kain
03-22-2009, 03:36 PM
Its a bat...